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  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : A 15 h, des techniciens en intervention dans un parc éolien constatent un dégagement de fumée au niveau de la nacelle[...]
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Hazardous Waste: Beware Of Incompatibilities!

Hazardous waste: beware of incompatibilities!

  • Flash
Accidents caused by incompatible mixtures are not limited to newly-produced chemicals! The end of their life cycle can also be a source of risk. Several recent events in France and abroad confirm this, sometimes with dramatic consequences. This flash focusses[...]
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Runaway reaction in a chemical plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At 9:20 a.m., the temperature inside a 4000-l reactor used to manufacture an organomagnesium compound at a chemical plant abruptly rose. At 9:30 a.m., the employees in the shop began flooding the reaction medium with water. As a precaution, the internal emergency[...]
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Release of a chlorinated organic chemical

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At around 3:15 p.m., vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) was released from a basic-plastics manufacturing plant. At around 2:50 p.m., the emergency diesel generators started up to power the safety and I&C systems after the plant's mains electricity supply shut off and the[...]
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Explosion of a Vacuum Arc Remelting furnace

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  • FRANCE
In a metallurgical plant, 2 explosions occurred at 9:30 p.m. followed by a fire in a melting furnace containing 5 t of titanium. The technician on duty was alerted by deviations in control parameters: fusion was stopped by the safety barriers 20[...]
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Hydrofluoric Acid : The Worst Of All Acids?

Hydrofluoric acid : the worst of all acids?

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Despite being produced 200 times less than sulphuric acid (1 M vs. 200 M tonnes/year), the ARIA database has recorded nearly 80 accidents involving hydrofluoric acid (HF) (vs. 220 for H2SO4). A series of recent accidents serves to recall its[...]
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Mixing of incompatible products

  • Fact sheet
Transfer of chemicals between fixed and mobile tanks may cause mixtures of incompatible products. This risk is all the more pernicious as the mixture usually involves "classic" substances and widely used: bleach, acid ... This fact sheet presents some lessons[...]
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Accidents Associated With Chlorine

Accidents associated with chlorine

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This summary report was established based on information collected from 557 French accidents (251 cases) or foreign accidents (306 cases) which took place between January 1917 and May 2003 and which are recorded in the ARIA database. This document should[...]
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